04.28.05 mtvU 'Stand In' series hosts Sting at University of Illinois...

mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, continued its surprise "Stand In" event series today by hosting composer/singer/actor/activist Sting at the University of Illinois at Chicago. With mtvU cameras following, Sting paid a surprise visit to the university's Music Composition Class to speak and jam with approximately 30 students for the day. Sting provided his own encouraging words to the class and talked about his experience as a professional composer and musician.

"Our 'Stand In' series makes compelling TV because we take students outside their books to meet the very icons they're studying. When Sting met the music composition students, they were learning from a virtuoso," says Stephen Friedman, GM, mtvU.

'Stand-In" is just one of the many exclusive benefits mtvU can bring to our affiliate schools," says Adam Koscielski, Director, Affiliate Relations. "We have already worked with UIC on several programs from providing two U Grants to students from the university to filming student features at the school like "moving in day" and an episode of 'Dean's List,' and we are thrilled to be bringing yet another exciting event to UIC."

The mtvU "Stand In" with Sting will premiere at Monday, April 25th at 12:00 Noon. The segment will also air online at www.mtvU.com. mtvU is viewed by close to 6.4 million college students on over 700 campuses nationwide.

"We're particularly pleased to have Sting visit UIC because his background mirrors that of many of our students," said Michael J. Anderson, chair of UIC's Department of Performing Arts. "He came from humble beginnings, got his start in teaching, yet had the tenacity to make a career in the volatile world of professional arts. Seeing him teach demonstrates the link between classroom learning and professional reality."

Inspired equally by jazz and the Beatles (eclectic tastes that would prove prophetic), Sting met Stewart Copeland and they, along with guitarist Andy Summers, formed the Police in 1977. The band quickly became a success both in the UK and U.S. scoring several No. 1 hits including "Roxanne," "Every Breath You Take," "King of Pain," and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic." They earned five Grammy Awards and two Brits, and were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. With the release of his solo album Dream of the Blue Turtles in 1985, followed by Bring On The Night, Nothing Like The Sun, The Soul Cages, Ten Summoner's Tales, Mercury Falling, Brand New Day, All This Time and Sacred Love, Sting has evolved into one of the most distinctive and highly respected performers of the 20th Century. With an additional 10 Grammys, Two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and three Oscar nominations to his credit, Sting defines excellence. Not one to limit himself creatively, Sting has appeared in more than 10 films and in 1989 starred in the Broadway play "Threepenny Opera." Sting's support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Foundation, Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. He is currently on the stripped down and raw Broken Music Tour, performing with a four piece-band and playing on dozens of college campuses.

Sting is the latest national public figure to participate as a guest in mtvU's "Stand In" event series. Each stepping in as guest professor and teaching a class unique to their experience and background, previous participants include Nobel prize-winner Elie Weisel, basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar, hip hop icons Russell Simmons and Reverend Run, author Tom Wolfe, rapper Nas and his father Olu Dara, rock musician Marilyn Manson, rapper Snoop Dogg, Senator John Kerry, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.

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Let's hear it from the band: Sting is going back to his roots, stripping it all down to the basics. The onetime English teacher turned rock icon turned castle-dwelling Jaguar-shilling world-musician, whose diet and sex life and personal politics have become standard cultural knowledge, is going back to school - or so he would have us believe...